USA GIVES CONFLICTING MESSAGES TO BELIZE AND THE CARIBBEAN!
It seems sometimes that the USA government is dealing with such widespread bureaucracies and departments that there is no unification on programs, ideas and policies. Some of them are so contradictory to Belize and the rest of the Caribbean, you don't know how to intrepret USA policy? The left hand does not seem to know what the right hand is doing?
On the one hand, there is the Agricultural and DEA departments talking up a storm for crop diversification and economic diversification in their WAR ON DRUGS; yet on the other hand, a Presidency that is owned and run by big business interests. We have the WAR ON TAX HAVENS to exclude small countries from getting a piece of the world financial pie. Since it can only come out of the UK and the USA portions of the pie, one can see where big business would be pushing their interests into Presidential policies. Yet on the other hand, Caribbean countries are also told, they should DIVERSIFY their economies and not rely on USA foreign aid.
Then there is the case of crop diversification. In the case of BANANAS, the Europeans have established a different type of foreign aid, based on earning it at subsidized prices, but foreign aid nonetheless. However, it is foreign aid in the finest sense of the word, in that you have to grow and sell something and the money misses the local government and goes directly to farmers who produce. This is foreign aid with human pride and dignity, and limited only by one's ability to work and produce. Fine stuff! But the USA, a none producing banana country, but whose financiers and investors control many countries that do produce bananas, have their political influence through campaign donations effecting and controlling USA foreign policy seeking to eliminate this type of European style foreign aid, which is superior to any that the USA offer. More reliable too! Yet the Agricultural Department and the DEA want countries in the Caribbean to grow diversified agriculture crops to eliminate drug crops. They can't have it both ways! They need to get their act together in the USA and send clear messages on their foreign policies.
One country in the Caribbean has put it plain recently. You close us out of financial market competition with your OECD and IMF control and that of the World Bank, or our banana foreign aid, then we are going to have no choice to go back to making the production of marijuana legal as an export crop.
You can't have it both ways USA! Make up your mind. Quit giving contradictory messages. What the HELL DO YOU WANT?
REPORT SAYS ONLY EIGHT COUNTRIES IN LATIN AMERICA HAVE ANY POTENTIAL
TO IMPACT A GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY. BELIZE IS A NON-SHOW!
Belize is a non-show due to the BTL monopoly failure to keep up with growth and telecommunications greed for profits. BTL has made their investors rich several times over the original investments, but has failed to supply Belize with the infra-structure to make us a competitor. Propoganda from BTL has always been biased to telling us how better we are as guaged against Honduras, another loser. Instead of comparing progress with Costa Rica, a winner in global e-commerce telecommunication policies.
Belize has not yet created the conditions that permit full participation in the digital economy. McConnell is the President of McConnell International, a global policy and technology consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
42 countries were looked at in the report. High on the list of requirements was; connectivity, e-commerce leadership, information security, human capital investments, the e-business climate and government services by the internet.
Roslyn Docktor, a co-author gives Costa Rica as one of the most welcoming environments for e-business in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Our own BTL has studiously avoided comparing itself to Costa Rica. For instance, Costa Rica has eliminated import taxes on computer related equipment. While the telecommunications business is still government owned, the internet access rates are the lowest of all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Argentina and Chile are starting to open up their telecommunications businesses to competition. Brazil lets citizens file income tax by e-mail. Peru has automated government processes and services by e-mail. Peru also is making great strides to providing telecommunications in even the most remote areas. It is no joke to see a Brazilian indian, with blow pipe for hunting and laptop swinging in his hammock, under his thatch roof palapa on a remote jungle river.
Probably in the world outside the USA, Hungary is the one that has invested heaviest in education. Ireland beats England in this field. Estonia is privatizing government businesses at a rapid rate and providing government by e-mail. The government even provides FREE internet access points. Central and Southern Europe are the most ready.
Belize continues to be consigned to the doldrums for another 1 1/2 years by the BTL MONOPOLY.
ELECTRICITY PRODUCING COMPETITION STILL FLOUNDERS IN BELIZE, BUT SEEMS
TO BE ROUGHLY ON TRACK FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS!
Any new investment into this type of electrical production, as in a hydro dam at Chalillo will have to meet the formula for selling electricity to BEL at a price below that of any current lowest price that BEL now buys at, this is because it is not a new idea, or project. This eliminates it from getting special inflated rates for any electricity produced. The Mennonites have already built a hydro dam in Belize locally financed. This pricing formula is expected to make FORTIS find Chalillo an unprofitable venture. Making Chalillo a dead issue. Passed by in competitive electrical producing events.
BSI the sugar factory in the meantime is seeking a guaranteed quasi-monopoly 20 year contract for 15 megawatts produced by bagasse, a waste product of cane sugar production for six months a year only. This contract idea is worthless! It eliminates other competition from entering the field. Suppose in three years, somebody puts up four windmills of 4 megawatts each. If they will beat the price of electricity produced by BSI shouldnt BEL be allowed to buy what they need from the lowest bidder? Only the nation and the consumer can benefit from lowered prices from competition. Government taxes will stay the same, or increase and profits will rise for BEL. Isn't this what competition is about? Why cut off your nose to spite your face? If BSI cannot invest without a contract, as an investment venture in the traditions of all speculation investment business, then maybe they shouldn't even bother? Would you give six water taxies a 20 year contract and thus eliminate all the other water taxi competion? Doesn't make sense!
BIM AND SPEAR REVERT TO PORT TOWN SOCIAL SCENE!
DANGRIGA RIVER SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST POLLUTED RIVER IN BELIZE?
FEMALES IN BELIZE FROM DANGRIGA AND BELIZE CITY BETWEEN 14 AND 34 YEARS
OF AGE ARE THE MOST INFECTED WITH HIV!
Elsewhere in the nation of Belize, there is more emphasis in the cultures to stay at home and some condemnation of promiscuity in the Mestizo and Mayan cultures. Not that it doesn't happen, but the frequency of extra sex is a small fraction, compared to the cultural traditions of Garifuna and Creoles. HIV/AIDS though is a non-cultural/racial pandemic plague that though slow to kill, is fatal nevertheless. People with HIV and people without knowing they have HIV continue to have sex with multiple partners.
EMMIGRATION PATTERNS FROM THE PORT TOWN ARE HIGH!
Migration patterns, mostly from the port towns of Dangriga and the port of Belize City though will probably siphon off about 20,000 a year population as they go to greener pastures. Population is growing, albeit at a slower rate than would be indicated by human reproduction patterns. This indicates an outflow of emmigration.
GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS SEEK A PIECE OF THE WATER TAXI AUTHORITY
CHALILLO DEAD AS A DODO! FORTIS WON'T PUSH IT, IF THEY HAVE TO COMPETE
IN ELECTRICAL PRICES WITH CHETUMAL.
GULF OF HONDURAS DISASTER FROM ROATAN, BAY ISLANDS.
NEW UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE HAS UPBEAT FIRST ORIENTATION PROGRAM
GAMBLING ADDICTS NOW RIVALLING CRACK COCAINE ADDICTS IN BELIZE IN RISING
NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE COULD USE A FEW MILLION DOLLARS TO SERVICE 300
In Santa Elena Public Library they are offering computer classes, with volunteer teachers from the Agricultural department. Volunteers are Alfonso Bautista and Ricardo Harrison.
The national libraries out district in regional centers are in dire straits. They are getting buildings, but lack money and resources. Volunteerism is the only way they can make an impact. The total National Library Service budget is a joke, not even the average salary of a single teacher in the USA. Much less trying to build and run 300 libraries nationwide on about $40,000 USA a year. (This figure was accurate about 3 years ago. It may have changed slightly) They need a couple of million dollar grant from some International donor.
FOREIGN DONORS SHOULD GIVE GRANTS DIRECTLY TO THE VILLAGE COUNCIL
ASSOCIATION AND BY-PASS THE MIDDLE MAN OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN BELMOPAN,
FOR BETTER PRIORITIES AND EFFICIENT SPENDING!
PUP TOWN ACT OF A YEAR AGO, PROVES TO BE A DUD AS FORECAST BY THE BELIZE
AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT HOLD FRUIT PROCESSING SEMINAR IN CENTRAL FARM.
WHAT A JOKE IN PUBLIC SERVICE!
If we had a dollar for every time bureaucrats were given seminars, I'd be a rich man. The problem is, that bureaucrats don't do anything. They don't have any need, or interest except curiousity.
If the Agricultural department cannot get this processing seminar to the 288 villages of the nation in person, they are failing at their job. Distribute the information to the 288 villages via Community Center, or School building seminars, or quit your job. Cause you are not doing it and building a nation otherwise. Nuff said! Old message and sore throat.
MEDICAL PRACTICE IN BELIZE IS GETTING WORSE!
European countries, particularly France and Germany are well ahead of the USA in medicine research and development. But the USA FDA, a monopoly for promotion of riches for the US medical industry and drug producers will not recognize European drugs. Yet there are often better drugs from Europe than from the USA. Malaria I am told is preventable by artemisia, but not recognized by the USA FDA. Why? No profit in it! Belize could grow it's own artemisia plants. Same with many other medicines. Belize doctors it is charged are switching to USA style drug emergency medicine and not herbal and preventative medicine, because like their USA counterparts, it shows quick profits to the doctor. Giving antibiotics for a fever, which is malaria is one example. A waste of money and antibiotic.
STERILIZING DRINKING RIVER WATER FOR CHOLERA BACTERIA IN REMOTE
VULNERABLE MAYAN VILLAGES.